He chose the nails - What God did to claim your heart
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I like the way he compare parents giving gifts to his children, and they way we've been gifted by all our surroundings. Isn't it love?
And yet, he says the greatest gift is the gigt of the cross. He went through the greatest suffering. But what is it about really?
I need to read on.
1 - YOU DID THIS FOR ME?
He’s a deer on the streets of Manhattan. Tarzan walking through the urban jungle. He’s a beached whale, wondering how he got here and how he’ll get out.
We are at our best when we are giving. In fact, we are most like God when we are giving.
He could have left the world flat and gray; He splashed orange in the sunrise and cast the sky in blue.
Did he have to make the squirrel’s tail furry?
Was he obliged to make the birds sing?
And the funny way that chickens scurry or the majesty of thunder when it rings?
Why give a flower fragrance? Why give food its taste?
If we give gifts to show our love, how much more would he? If we—speckled with foibles and greed—love to give gifts, how much more does God, pure and perfect God, enjoy giving gifts to us?
but no gift reveals his love more than the gifts of the cross.They came, not wrapped in paper, but in passion. Not placed around a tree, but a cross. And not covered with ribbons, but sprinkled with blood.
Let’s unwrap these gifts of grace as if—or perhaps, indeed—for the first time. And as you touch them—as you feel the timber of the cross and trace the braid of the crown and finger the point of the spike—pause and listen. Perchance you will hear him whisper:
“I did it just for you.”
2 - “I WILL BEAR YOUR DARK SIDE” - GOD’S PROMISE IN THE SOLDIERS’ SPIT
Sin lurks deep in the hearts of the wicked, forever urging them on to evil deeds.
-- PSALM 36:1 TLB
Vanity is so anchored in the heart of man that . . . those who write against it want to have the glory of having written well; and those who read it desire the glory of having read it.
-- BLAISE PASCAL
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
-- JEREMIAH 17:9 NIV
Sin, understood in the Christian sense, is the rent which cuts through the whole of existence.
-- EMIL BRUNNER
Oh this propensity to evil, how did you creep in to cover the earth with treachery?
-- ECCLESIASTICUS 37:3 APOC